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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Li Li Ji, Ph.D.(University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Description: The book offers general, up-to-date knowledge about nutritional requirements and practices for athletes and physically active people, as well as coaches and clinical practitioners.
Purpose: The book has two worthy central objectives. These are to provide introductory information regarding the scientific basis underlying nutrient needs for physically active people and to provide practical tips for dietary choices with respect to nutrients for athletes.
Audience: According to the authors, the book is written for students interested in sports nutrition and clinical sports nutritionists. In reality, however, readers are required to have substantial prior knowledge and experience in nutritional science and clinical sports nutrition to understand the issues and maximize the value of the book. Most of the authors are knowledgeable practitioners in the field, but not all are active investigators in the field.
Features: The book describes the basic science of nutrition on a nutrient by nutrient basis, the effect of acute exercise and training on their metabolism and utilization, dietary requirements, potential modification of nutrient needs by exercise, and the merit of nutrient supplementation. The book includes many detailed aspects of clinical sports nutrition directly applicable to practitioners, and addresses different athletic populations (such as women, children, elderly, disabled, etc). References are thorough and useful. However, there are some shortcomings, including: an overly brief introduction to the scientific background of each nutrient and exercise metabolism; a lack of useful illustrations; a lack of uniformity of topics between chapters; and an unattractive physical appearance.
Assessment: The book fills a niche in clinical sports nutrition and provides a useful resource for practitioners. However, it will not serve as an ideal textbook for the average undergraduate student in this field because of the overly brief coverage of introductory material. The third edition includes some important new information since the second edition was published.